Addison’s Disease: Primary and Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency and Polyglandular Autoimmune Disorders
The purpose of this course is to define adrenal insufficiency, both primary (Addison’s disease) and secondary, and to explain the diagnosis, the causes, the symptoms, the complications, and the treatments.

Course Publication Date: August 28, 2018

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:PSAI071318
Contact Hours:4.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine
Women's Health
Learning Objectives
  • Identify 2 types of adrenal insufficiency.
  • Describe the primary causes of Addison’s disease.
  • List 3 primary hormones that are produced by the adrenal glands.
  • Describe at least 4 primary symptoms of Addison’s disease.
  • Describe 4 different types of genetic disorders related to adrenal insufficiency.
  • List 3 different types of medications used to treat Addison’s disease.
  • Discuss general medical management.
  • Describe acute adrenal insufficiency (crisis).
  • Describe treatment for adrenal crisis.
  • Discuss the affects of Addison’s disease on pregnancy.


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